The group of 18 students who are currently studying Level 3
Diploma in Childcare and Education spent a day shadowing various
members of staff from children's centres in Ashington, Bedlington
and Newbiggin to learn about various roles within Action for
Each student was buddied up with a member of staff and spent the
morning with their buddy discovering what they do in their day to
day job.In the afternoon the group met back at the Ashington
Children's Centre where they took part in workshops looking at ways
to support a virtual family with various support needs.
17 year old Alanna Hart (pictured left) from Ashington shadowed
children's services manager Gill Physick for the day. She said:
Spending the morning with Gill has inspired me to work really hard
to achieve my qualification at the college. Gill's work ethic and
calm manner are the type of skills I want to develop to use in the
future. I want to be a nursery nurse and eventually go on to manage
my own crèche one day.
Student Julia Cavoner (pictured centre) shadowed a member of
staff in the Ashington centre's nursery interacting with the
children, preparing meals and helping with playwork in the centre's
Other students were buddied with staff in various job roles
including Family Support Worker, Health Visitor and Speech and
Language Development Worker.
Gill Physick, Children's Services Manager at Action for Children
in Northumberland said: "I was delighted to be shadowed by Alanna,
she was very enthusiastic and it is great knowing that we have
inspired her and the other students at the start of their
"This is the first time we've run the Takeover Day with
Northumberland College and we hope to do this every year, extending
the opportunity to students on other courses. "
The day was the start of a brand new partnership between the
college's Early Years' departments and Action for Children in
Northumberland. Early years' students from the college will be
given placements at the children's centres across the county to
gain valuable work experience essential for their future
Gill Physick added: "Action for Children runs 39 services across
the North East including 7 in Northumberland which provide a wide
range of services including family support, nursery places, play
sessions, parenting courses and breast feeding support
"This new partnership with the college will benefit young people
in the area and our families in the future."